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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (University of Arizona Health Sciences Center)
Description: A revision of the first edition of 2004, this book attempts to address many of the meat and potatoes issues in the field of forensic psychiatry while detailing the latest research and information on topics such as geriatric forensic psychiatry and forensic issues involving the Internet.
Purpose: Compiled by authors with expertise in various general and subspecialty areas, this work is intended to educate general psychiatric practitioners on the concepts and standards of practice in forensic psychiatry.
Audience: Though aimed at general psychiatric practitioners with little to no direct formal experience with forensic psychiatry, this book is also useful for any mental health clinicians exposed to these issues, as well as trainees such as medical students, psychiatric residents, or fellows specializing in the field.
Features: There are a few tables, charts, graphs, and diagrams, but the overwhelming majority of the book is text. To add a clinical context, there are numerous case vignettes to illustrate practical application of concepts. Each chapter ends with sections of key points, practice guidelines, references, and suggested readings.
Assessment: As I previously reviewed the first edition of this book, my focus was to determine if this edition maintained the original's quality while adding recent, useful information. Readers of this edition will not be disappointed. The combination of theory and practical application is book's best asset, and the recent addition of subspecialty areas of forensic practice (including child and adolescent and geriatric issues, malingering, and psychological testing) provides its most weighty contributions. The real value of these chapters lies in the rich case examples and thoughtful and stimulating expert discussion which follows them.